Combs Veterinary Clinic

★★★☆☆
  • 6349 IN-45

    Bloomington, IN 47403

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  • 812-825-4464

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I merely state the facts of our situation to warn other pet owners. DO NOT take your pets to Combs. We lost our miniature dachshund due to incompetence and negligence of this veterinary office.
During routine blood work, our dog showed signs of having a bladder infection. After weeks of antibiotics and retesting, he had an x-ray performed that showed what was assumed to be two small stones. The vet recommended surgery. During the procedure, stones were not found, but sediment and his bladder was scraped and cleaned. He was stapled up and placed in a recovery cage. We were told everything went well, but hours later we received a call saying he had experienced significant bruising and swelling. He was left at the facility overnight which closes at 5:30PM and was picked up by us on Saturday AM at 9AM. He was vomiting by 11:3AM and I took him back to Combs. They gave him pain injections and more pills for the weekend. They closed at 1PM and would not reopen until 8AM on Monday.
Our dog was due for a pain pill, but he vomited when I tried to give it to him. I called Combs and the answering machine referred me to seek care in Indy if the request was urgent. I called our dogs previous vet in our hometown and he recommended taking him there. He mentioned that he felt the incision was placed incorrectly and that our dog had suffered a lot of post-op bleeding and would need fluids. Our dog was admitted at an emergency clinic in Indy for overnight observation. It was found that his pulse was extremely high and his temperature was low. His clotting factors were still not recovering from the surgery and his kidneys were high. He was also extremely dehydrated and that vet said he did not believe the dog received proper fluids post-surgery via IV. He was placed on fluids and overnight observation where his condition improved marginally and he was brought home on Sunday AM with the instruction to contact our normal DVM if his condition didnt improve in 24 hours.
At 8AM on Monday, Combs saw our dog and noted that his bruising was worse. He also could still not eat/drink/urine on his own. They expressed his bladder, gave him some fluids under the skin, some AD diet canned food and sent us home. His urine was brown and filled with blood. When I called 12 hours later because he still wouldnt eat/drink/urinate, I was told they could see him tomorrow or I could express the bladder myself.
8:45AM on Tuesday, our dog was seen again. The doctor felt he may have thrown a clot from the bleeding condition she assumed he had and sent us immediately back up to the animal hospital in Indy. He was admitted where they said he was experiencing acute kidney failure. His clotting times were normal. He was dehydrated and his kidneys and urine were severely inflamed. They called for high doses of fluids and constant observation all night with a central line in his neck and a catheter to urine and monitor his output.
We received a call at 3AM that said his stats were dropping. His kidneys were not responding and the fluid was causing his heart rate to drop. We arrived to hold him and spend time with him before having to put him down.
All of this was avoidable in an otherwise healthy dog, which no previous kidney problems. We were told that this low-risk surgery would be fine and in the end, we not only lost our dog but spend nearly $5000 in vet fees.
There are three vets on staff, but no one is on call if you have a question. The front desk can barely answer basic questions and the techs just repeat what the doctors tell them. No one accepts the responsibility for the fact that they made a grave error that compounded into fatality for our dog.

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I merely state the facts of our situation to warn other pet owners. DO NOT take your pets to Combs. We lost our miniature dachshund due to incompetence and negligence of this veterinary office.
During routine blood work, our dog showed signs of having a bladder infection. After weeks of antibiotics and retesting, he had an x-ray performed that showed what was assumed to be two small stones. The vet recommended surgery. During the procedure, stones were not found, but sediment and his bladder was scraped and cleaned. He was stapled up and placed in a recovery cage. We were told everything went well, but hours later we received a call saying he had experienced significant bruising and swelling. He was left at the facility overnight which closes at 5:30PM and was picked up by us on Saturday AM at 9AM. He was vomiting by 11:3AM and I took him back to Combs. They gave him pain injections and more pills for the weekend. They closed at 1PM and would not reopen until 8AM on Monday.
Our dog was due for a pain pill, but he vomited when I tried to give it to him. I called Combs and the answering machine referred me to seek care in Indy if the request was urgent. I called our dogs previous vet in our hometown and he recommended taking him there. He mentioned that he felt the incision was placed incorrectly and that our dog had suffered a lot of post-op bleeding and would need fluids. Our dog was admitted at an emergency clinic in Indy for overnight observation. It was found that his pulse was extremely high and his temperature was low. His clotting factors were still not recovering from the surgery and his kidneys were high. He was also extremely dehydrated and that vet said he did not believe the dog received proper fluids post-surgery via IV. He was placed on fluids and overnight observation where his condition improved marginally and he was brought home on Sunday AM with the instruction to contact our normal DVM if his condition didnt improve in 24 hours.
At 8AM on Monday, Combs saw our dog and noted that his bruising was worse. He also could still not eat/drink/urine on his own. They expressed his bladder, gave him some fluids under the skin, some AD diet canned food and sent us home. His urine was brown and filled with blood. When I called 12 hours later because he still wouldnt eat/drink/urinate, I was told they could see him tomorrow or I could express the bladder myself.
8:45AM on Tuesday, our dog was seen again. The doctor felt he may have thrown a clot from the bleeding condition she assumed he had and sent us immediately back up to the animal hospital in Indy. He was admitted where they said he was experiencing acute kidney failure. His clotting times were normal. He was dehydrated and his kidneys and urine were severely inflamed. They called for high doses of fluids and constant observation all night with a central line in his neck and a catheter to urine and monitor his output.
We received a call at 3AM that said his stats were dropping. His kidneys were not responding and the fluid was causing his heart rate to drop. We arrived to hold him and spend time with him before having to put him down.
All of this was avoidable in an otherwise healthy dog, which no previous kidney problems. We were told that this low-risk surgery would be fine and in the end, we not only lost our dog but spend nearly $5000 in vet fees.
There are three vets on staff, but no one is on call if you have a question. The front desk can barely answer basic questions and the techs just repeat what the doctors tell them. No one accepts the responsibility for the fact that they made a grave error that compounded into fatality for our dog.

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Love this Clinic! My mini schnauzer has been a client here for over a year! Pleasant, informative staff. They even worked him in Right Away one evening when he was bitten by a snake, first offering life saving advice over the phone before

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Love this Clinic! My mini schnauzer has been a client here for over a year! Pleasant, informative staff. They even worked him in Right Away one evening when he was bitten by a snake, first offering life saving advice over the phone before

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I would not recommend this clinic to anyone. Poor service and treatment. On top of that, I dont believe that they treat their staff very well.

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I would not recommend this clinic to anyone. Poor service and treatment. On top of that, I dont believe that they treat their staff very well.

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Always very friendly and personal care. Know our pet's history and have friendly service. Separate cats and dogs. Have good sitting area and exam rooms. Staff is great. Prices are reasonable. Great with the puppy/dog and the kids. Have been with them for several years through other pets and have been very happy. Send reminders, have picture pet id cards to put on your key chain which is very cute! All staff, vets, assistants, and office are caring and loving!

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Always very friendly and personal care. Know our pet's history and have friendly service. Separate cats and dogs. Have good sitting area and exam rooms. Staff is great. Prices are reasonable. Great with the puppy/dog and the kids. Have been with them for several years through other pets and have been very happy. Send reminders, have picture pet id cards to put on your key chain which is very cute! All staff, vets, assistants, and office are caring and loving!

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I am a single mother that is on a fixed budget. I work to take care of my kids and animals. It was on a Thursday that I discovered one of my rescue dogs had been scratched in the eye. His eye was infected and oozing green discharge, and looked like it had a white haze over it. I was in a panic and took him to Combs and they turned us away because I did not have the money. I explained I was a good customer and always pay my vet bills. They would not even give us eye ointment. I was scheduled to get paid that Friday. I just could no believe the tech turned us away with that poor little dog in so much pain.. It was really sad for me that day to feel so helpless to getting my dog care because of money issues that day! I know that they can be good!! But they were not there for my dog when I needed them the most. I am going somewhere else now.

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I am a single mother that is on a fixed budget. I work to take care of my kids and animals. It was on a Thursday that I discovered one of my rescue dogs had been scratched in the eye. His eye was infected and oozing green discharge, and looked like it had a white haze over it. I was in a panic and took him to Combs and they turned us away because I did not have the money. I explained I was a good customer and always pay my vet bills. They would not even give us eye ointment. I was scheduled to get paid that Friday. I just could no believe the tech turned us away with that poor little dog in so much pain.. It was really sad for me that day to feel so helpless to getting my dog care because of money issues that day! I know that they can be good!! But they were not there for my dog when I needed them the most. I am going somewhere else now.

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We took out new dog to the Combs Veterinary Clinic to get a health check. First of all, the health check was free because we got the dog from the animal shelter, and this office works with the shelter. The staff was incredibly nice, and they were able to see us right away. The doctor was great. He gave us some great training tips, and went over dog behaviors with us very thoroughly. They were also wonderful with my child, who came with us, and helped her to understand more about the dog. Prices were very reasonable. They will be my vet for the future.

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We took out new dog to the Combs Veterinary Clinic to get a health check. First of all, the health check was free because we got the dog from the animal shelter, and this office works with the shelter. The staff was incredibly nice, and they were able to see us right away. The doctor was great. He gave us some great training tips, and went over dog behaviors with us very thoroughly. They were also wonderful with my child, who came with us, and helped her to understand more about the dog. Prices were very reasonable. They will be my vet for the future.

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Our friend is a vet here, so maybe I'm biased, but I love the clinic. Worth a 10 minute drive out of bloomington for affordable personalized pet care. Never feel like they're being unecessary or anything and they clipped my dogs nails for free!

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Our friend is a vet here, so maybe I'm biased, but I love the clinic. Worth a 10 minute drive out of bloomington for affordable personalized pet care. Never feel like they're being unecessary or anything and they clipped my dogs nails for free!

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